Summer is the most popular season for weddings, yet it can also be the most unflattering season. Humidity, fluctuations in temperatures, and traveling typically isn’t a good match for fabrics like lace, taffeta and tulle. Hair can go limp in the heat and makeup can fade away, though a wedding dress can also wilt like a flower before you march down the isle and say, “I do.” If proper care isn’t taken then a main attraction of the day (your perfect dress) could end up being a bad memory you’d rather forget.
Often weddings happen in places where a wedding dress is transported some distance only to sit for a few hours before being worn. Given the fact that you spend time and money—often a lot of money—on a wedding dress, it’s important to keep it looking fresh and wrinkle free. To make sure you look your very best, don’t forget to pack a garment steamer. Portable garment steamers are lightweight, easy to use and deliver generous volumes of dry steam much like a high quality floor-standing model would.
“A portable steamer is a great item to bring with you so you don’t have to rely on the hotel steamer or iron,” says Tali Gallo, Solutions Bridal Designer House.
Steam softens fabrics, breathing vapors into the cloth to freshen and remove any wrinkles. The end result is a gorgeous dress that hangs the way you want it to and maintains the shape and flow that the designer intended.
Transport the dress to your wedding venue by laying it out flat in the back seat of a car and taking care that nothing goes on top. Before you steam it, look at the label to see what’s recommended for that type of fabric. Some fabrics don’t respond as well to steaming and materials such as silk may take longer to get the wrinkles out.
“Tulle, lace, chiffon and organza are perfect fabrics for steaming,” says Gallo.
Hang the dress on a padded hanger in an area where ideally you have access to both sides. Steam each layer of the dress one at a time and make sure not to touch the stainless steel soleplate or nozzle to the fabric so you don’t stain the dress with water.
“Work in small circles and the wrinkles will come out that way,” says Gallo. “If you go really slow over the fabric it will cause rippling as it’s too much heat for the fabric.”
The following are five easy ways to keep your dress looking beautiful for your wedding day:
- Make sure to lay your dress flat when transporting.
- Hang your dress on a padded hanger.
- Using a high quality portable steamer or floor model with an attachment, work through the fabric in small circles to remove the creases.
- Put it on just before you go out to make sure the wrinkles are gone. If more steaming is necessary then make sure to get out of the dress before applying finishing touches.
- Once it’s on, arrange it how you want it to look.
You probably know the tradition from an old English rhyme of the bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? Well, remember that this doesn’t include something creased. Portable garment steamers get the job done in a pinch and save the fussing for more important things such as enjoying your special day—and of course saving some room after the meal for a generous piece of wedding cake.
At Reliable, we do what we love, and we take pride in doing it right. Quality, functionality, design and customer service play an equally important part in delivering what’s right for you. From irons to steam cleaners to sewing machines, you can count on us to be right there with you. That’s the Reliable Way.